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Harvard University is interested in receiving applications from Claflin RISE Students for their Biophysics doctoral program

We are very interested in receiving applications from your students, and have set up a mentorship and application assistance program for ALL trainees who would like to receive guidance from current Biophysics PhD students.  Please forward this information to any students (or other coordinators) who may be interested.

Mentorship for all students: We know very well how challenging the summer research internship and graduate school application process can be. This is why we, current Harvard Biophysics graduate students, would like to offer our help. Regardless of your field of study or academic stage, you can choose to be paired up with a student mentor to talk with you about research and STEM opportunities, as well as help with any (and every) part of the application process. If you would like to be paired up with a Biophysics mentor, or be added to our mailing list for future opportunities, please fill out this quick form.

For senior students: If you are considering a PhD in STEM, Harvard Biophysics might be for you! 

About Biophysics: Our graduate program welcomes students from a wide range of STEM disciplines (e.g. computer science, molecular biology, physics, mathematics, chemistry, etc.) who want to apply quantitative tools to biological and biomedical questions. With a large and diverse group of faculty across multiple campuses, Biophysics allows incoming students to explore a large range of research directions. The program is very flexible and allows each student to craft their own path. Please read more about Harvard Biophysics in the attached flyer, or on our website. You can also respond to this email with any questions! We would also like to remind you that you can request an application fee waiver, if the admissions application fee presents a hardship for you or your family. 

For junior/sophomore students: We would like to point you to some of the many internship opportunities available at Harvard. These are a great way to gain additional research experience, connect with Biophysics faculty, and learn more about STEM PhD’s at Harvard.

See the “Opportunities for Growth and Advancement” page for these listings.


Dear Dr. McCutcheon,

You have received NIH funding to enrich the experience of undergraduates and encourage their pursuit of careers in the biomedical sciences. To that same goal, the Society of Toxicology (SOT) urges you to share the following opportunities with those students. We offer students the opportunity to learn more about toxicology by attending special programs for undergraduate students at the SOT Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, March 14–18, 2021.

Toxicologists address critical issues and make the world a healthier and safer place by studying the effects of physical, biological, and chemical agents on people, animals, and the environment. Many students who learn about the discipline of toxicology are excited about career opportunities that involve research and the potential to make a positive contribution to health and safety.

You and the others involved with your grants play a key role in identifying talented students who otherwise may not be aware of rewarding career opportunities in toxicology. Please print and display the Undergraduate Programs flyer, forward information from this message to students and your networks, and actively encourage your students to apply for the awards described below. Thank you!!

For students and faculty with research data to present, or educators with education abstracts, the Abstract Submission deadline is December 1.

The undergraduate awards deadline is 11:59 pm ET October 26.

Claflin professor Dr. Gloria S. McCutcheon has received the S.C. Environmental Awareness Award.

“This award will have a lasting impact on the promotion of environmental awareness and opportunities for my students at Claflin, who will continue to make great contributions as we face increased concern about health, health disparities and the environment,” McCutcheon said. “The gap in the disproportionate incidence of disease in populations must be closed, and it is our students who will help close these gaps so that communities of color will not suffer disproportionately.”

“I accept the award with humility on behalf of the many people across the state of South Carolina who walk this journey with me through schools, science camps, 4-H Clubs, faith-based organizations, local farms and community organizations,” said McCutcheon, who is the first representative from a historically black college/university selected for the prestigious award.

Click the link for the full article in the “Times and Democrat”. Special to the T&D | June 20, 2020

Claflin professor wins top S.C. environmental award

The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science National Diversity in STEM

Dr. Gloria McCutcheon, Jira White, and Monai Mitchell, members of Claflin RISE Program, had the opportunity to bask in the sunshine of Hawaii, at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science National Diversity in STEM Conference. Lucky them! The event was October 31-November 1.

The National Institute of Health – Institute of General Medical Sciences, Office of Intramural


RISE Mentor Receives Department of Defense Grant Award
Dr. Samina Assanie-Shivji has been awarded a grant from the Department of Defense Research Program (DURIP: FA9550-20-0058).  The granting period will be from April 15, 2020 through April 14, 2021.  The project is entitled “Integration of Biological Tools to Discover, Develop and Understand the Biological and Biochemical Signaling Pathways in Basic and Applied Research at Claflin University.”
The objectives and outcomes are to purchase  equipment needed to carry out research, which will help with student training and teaching in course related labs. This specifically for projects that will address research work carried out interdisciplinary by Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics and Computer Science within the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (SNSM).  This will allow other faculty within SNSM to use these instruments for their research, enhance their research capability, write more research proposals, and help increase the number of research grants for Claflin University to complete.  Thereby, enhancing and improving the research and training infrastructure for both faculty and students in SNSM.


RISE Program Manager, Carolyn Sherman was recently cited for her Benevolence by the Orangeburg County Community of Character initiative.  Click this link to read the Times and Democrat article by Dionne Gleaton. 

Click on the link and see what this bright RISE Scholar has to say about being a “Black”, “Women”, “Scientist”!  

November 2018
ARISES Scholar and a Biology Student
bring two National Awards Home 
to Claflin University
RISE Scholar – Brandon Sanders and
Biology Student-Charmaine Lindsey
The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
November 14-17, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana

Pictured: Standing Third Row: Pamela Shuler, Kamel Chowdhuri, Imrana Hassan Salia, Isheka Orr, Makayla Turner, Tamera Jones, Sebrena Brick, Thddeus Holiday, Morgan Reese, Jasmine Carter, Jira White Standing Standing Second Row: Srishti Kala, Kiariah Muller, Randall Harris, Brandon Sanders, Zhane Chandler, Ja’el Wright, Aliyah Patton, Terika Williams, Tanesha Donaldson, Carolyn Sherman, Deidre Morrison Seated Front Row: Charmaine Lindsay, Nakia Millier, Monai Mitchell 

Brandon Sanders

Brandon Sanders shows off his award.

Links to News Articles:

Claflin STEM focus leads to opportunities in undergraduate research
Tribute to Henrietta Lacks: Claflin researchers closing disparity gap on HPV
Veteran educator, researcher recognized for character trait of curiosity

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